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Touring cars to roar into Marrakech

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Marrakech will be the place to be for petrolheads and motorsport obsessives in May when it hosts the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2009 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).

This year’s competition will get underway with two rounds in Brazil between March 6th and 8th before heading to Mexico on March 20th.

People on Marrakech tours will have their chance to get in on the action when the WTCC comes to the Moroccan city between May 1st and 3rd.

The race will be held on a street circuit in Marrakech, construction of which is currently underway and progressing on schedule, according to Aly Horma, president of the event promoter MGP.

Mr Horma revealed that half of the concrete blocks that will serve as impact walls for the race are already in place, while the 12-hectare paddock area is also taking shape.

This year’s WTCC season will see the world’s best touring car drivers competing for the title currently held by Yvan Muller of France, who won last year’s competition by a comfortable margin.

After its visit to Marrakech, the championship will head to destinations including Valencia in Spain, Porto in Portugal and Imola in Italy.

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Family travel ‘easy in Morocco’

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Morocco is becoming an increasingly accessible destination for family travel.

The country appeals to families as it offers home comforts and advanced facilities alongside alternative sights and experiences.

Jane Folliott, Morocco specialist at Orion Trek Voyages, has explained that Moroccan cities such as Marrakech and Fez can make an interesting Christmas destination.

"It’s becoming a lot easier for families to travel in Morocco and people are feeling a bit more confident about taking children to Morocco because it has developed a lot in terms of facilities," she commented.

"At Christmas it’s a very popular destination – it’s short haul from the UK, it’s exotic, it’s for people that don’t want the full on Christmas kind of thing in their face."

However, she added that the European influences mean that visitors can still experience the traditional elements of Christmas.

"You can find a Christmas turkey and have a Christmas dinner," Ms Folliott says, and those dreaming of a white Christmas may also enjoy Marrakech.

"Weather wise it’s pretty good – it’s cold, we had snow on the mountains, it gets cold in Marrakech in the winter time, but generally its pretty good weather.

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Distance specialists brave the heat of the Marrakesh Marathon

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In light of its considerable high temperatures, the North African kingdom of Morocco is not an obvious choice for a long-distance running event but the Marrakesh Marathon has challenged that view time and time again.

Now in its twentieth year, the event takes place on January 25th and looks set to attract 5,000 runners from across the world to challenge themselves and each other in this test of mental conditioning and physical endurance.

Visitors who have experienced Marrakesh before know all about the city’s unique characters and vibrant culture, from the stunning architecture to the bustling, noisy souks.

This event is a chance to experience the thrill of competing in a long-distance race in very an unusual setting – or just spectating from the sidelines with a cold drink and a hookah pipe, perhaps.

Morocco has become a popular destination for tourists in recent year, attracting visitors from across the world who come to sample its renowned hospitality, delicious food and unforgettable atmosphere.

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Morocco “popular” for walking tours

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Morocco has become very popular for walking tours among holidaymakers, one expert has claimed.

Peter Sheard, senior associate at architectural network Gensler, claims that the coastline near to cities such as Rabat are particularly good for walks and are renowned for being "very beautiful".

More than seven million tourists visited Morocco in 2007, according to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, rising by 13 per cent compared to the previous year.

Mr Sheard suggests that Morocco’s growing popularity is due to its natural environment.

He said: "Morocco has been associated with trading and history for a long time but it is popular for walking activities and fishing.

"The coastline is dominated by the environment and it does have a certain relationship with its waterfront," he said.

Marrakech is currently preparing to host the 8th Marrakech International Film Festival, which takes place between November 14th and 22nd.

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Cabaret but not as we know it in Marrakech

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The traditionally Islamic city of Marrakech would be the last place you would find a European style extravaganza like Les Folies de Marrakech.

But Claude Thomas” cabaret revue show in Morocco”s "Red City" has been artistically redesigned to remove the possibility of offending patrons.

Launched in May 2008, Les Folies de Marrakech is an unusual and refreshing marriage of western decadence and Islam.

The 49-year-old entrepreneur arrived in Marrakech in 2006 after selling his cabaret in France and with some help from his cousin he bought a sizeable plot of land.

According to News 24, construction then began on a 2,000 square metre hall capable of hosting 1,100 for a dinner-show costing 550 dirhams (£39).

Thomas auditioned over 300 people from across Morocco before picking 47 performers – of which 12 were women aged 17 to 32 – to take part in the production which lasts around 90 minutes and includes acrobats, magicians, acrobats, dance, music and comedy.

The troupe also serve as consultants giving important suggestions as to what is acceptable and what to avoid but on the issue of gender equality, Thomas had a clear opinion and refused a directive to have only women clear the tables.

"I respect your religion. I”ve created a prayer room. But here everyone is an artist regardless of their gender," he said.

The end result is 100 per cent Folies and 100 per cent Moroccan.

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Museums of Morocco

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Museums in Morocco are doubly appealing Museums in Morocco are doubly appealing: not only will you admire the collections on display, but you will also be stunned by the ancient palaces that house them and the richly decorated exhibition rooms that are works of art themselves.

Do not miss the Dar Batha of Fez, installed in a magnificent Arabo-Andalusian palace – make sure you visit the beautiful room dedicated to literature and books.

In Rabat, the Oudaia museum presents several rare pieces that trace the history of Morocco from prehistoric times to the Islamic era, while in Marrakech, the museum located in the heart of the medina, you will see several illuminated copies of the Koran, illustrating the riches of Arab calligraphy.

This museum also exhibits ceramics, jewellery and rare coins.

And in Meknes, the Jamai palace is an architectural marvel that houses the Dar Jamai museum where you will discover magnificent examples of Moroccan arts and crafts.

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